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2016 Momtazi Vineyard Pinot Noir
45.00

Slightly deeper in colour than the “Tir” in 2016, the Momtazi is a true crimson red, transparent and as brilliant as a fine ruby with no inclusions. “Crimson” in Middle Persian is “kirmist”, the latter being one of the origins of the name of this colour. As in 2015, this bottling is 100% whole cluster, and is produced from the vines at the very top of Momtazi Vineyard with the exposition being both volcano-facing (east to the Cascades) and ocean-facing (over the top and down to face west towards the Pacific Ocean). The nose is deep red-fruited, exotic, and perfumed with some spice and subtle hints of round-scented, dewy roses. There is the classic touch of herbs and the savory that to me, is Momtazi, along with the classic minerality of this wild, beautiful, and powerful place resting on basalt from volcanoes. It is more tightly knit and restrained than the Tir at the time of this writing (which is far too early: late January 2018). The mouth is rich with red fruit and not at all heavy, but soaring and with tension, like the flight of a night dragon (well, how one might imagine that). Maybe with gimlet eyes of crimson that glow and watch. I call my Momtazi Vineyard bottlings my “night dragons”. It is fresh and has cool energy, as warming as it is. Even the cold fire is a fire, and I would drink this in either cold or hot weather (at cellar temperature, not room temperature) for different reasons. This wine, as collected and coiled as it is, is not tame, and I love it every year for that.

Appellation: McMinnville A.V.A.
Picking Dates: 19 and 20 September 2016
Élevage: no new wood-all Burgundy barrels (228L)
Bottling Date: 20 June 2017
Alcohol: 13.0 %
Cases Produced: 453

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2017 Mirabai Pinot Noir
35.00

2017 was certainly a year to celebrate with regard to my blocks at Maresh Vineyard after the extremely low yields in 2016. I was able to include barrels from all of my blocks at Maresh in this Mirabai: Block 1/Red Barn (planted in 1970), the Long Rows (1970) the Old Block (1970), Block 8 (1978), Block 10/Star of Bethlehem Flower Block and Block 7 (1991).

Characteristic of 2017, the nose is beautifully perfumed. While there is (in its youth) a sense of fragility and nerviness, there is power that is more tensile in nature than in obvious structure or bulk. The Mirabai 2017 is an utterly transparent, light red with youthful, fuschia highlights at the edges. It is far deeper in flavor than the colour might suggest. It has the classic Maresh sun-warmed Hood strawberry and spice, with the classic Red Hills of Dundee silkiness, but this wine is fleet-footed, aerial, mercurial, and evokes flight, wind, and swift movement. Over time, this will likely be one of my most complex and age-worthy Mirabai’s to date.

After all of these years writing these kinds of notes and hoping to not have them sound like grocery store lists or to imprison my wines with my words, I have begun to sometimes include quotes from my friends who have tasted the wine in question. These quotes are meant to be pure fun. In the case of the Mirabai 2017, another longtime winemaker here in the Willamette Valley noted: “It’s like a Maltese falcon and a kitty having a discussion about God”.  

Appellation: Willamette Valley A.V.A. (specifically, 100% Dundee Hills-am changing the A.V.A. on the labels starting with the 2018) 
Picking Date: 1 October 2017
Barrels:  neutral Burgundy barrels (228L) made from French forests
Bottling Date: 29 June 2018 
Alcohol: 12.5 % 
Whole Cluster: 50%

 

Cases Produced: 662

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2017 Maresh Vineyard Red Barn Blocks Pinot Noir
75.00

2017 is my second to last Red Barn Blocks bottling, 2018 being my final one. Starting in either 2018 or 2019, there will be a new bottling from another block I worked with for many years before, and have the great joy of working with again.

Five barrels of Block 1 (1970) in front of the Maresh Red Barn comprised this bottling. The 2017 is a transparent, medium red that radiates and shines. The nose has a refinement, a noblesse, and a wisdom that are hard to put into words. The mouth is classic Maresh: little red Hood strawberries that to me, are one of the things that Oregon is all about, and hints of spice. There is this tiny note of vetiver and moss. The Red Barn has character and presence that is both powerful and unassuming, if not silent. Very long.

As I wrote in my notes on the Mirabai Pinot Noir, after all of these years writing these kinds of notes and hoping to not have them sound like grocery store lists or to imprison my wines with my words, I have begun to sometimes include quotes from my friends who have tasted the wine in question. These quotes are meant to be pure fun. In the case of the Red Barn Blocks 2017, a longtime winemaker here in the Willamette Valley noted: “If the Marquis de Sade were to taste this wine, he would say it is painfully long”.

Appellation: Dundee Hills A.V.A.
Picking Date: 1 October 2017 
Barrels:  neutral Burgundy barrels (228L) made from French forests
Bottling Date: 28 June 2018
Alcohol: 12.5 %
Whole Cluster: 50%
Cases Produced: 111 cases

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2017 Hyland Vineyard Coury Clone Pinot Noir
60.00

I am very happy to introduce my first bottling of Hyland Vineyard Coury Clone Pinot 2017. The first time I tried Hyland Vineyard Pinot was with the late and beloved Jimi Brooks. It was in 2001, and we tasted it from one of his barrels. I still remember that wine. Below is the back-label prose that I wrote:

“Close to the Coast Range separating the Willamette Valley from the Pacific Ocean, the beautiful Hyland Vineyard, first planted in 1971, is one of Oregon’s oldest vineyards. This wine was produced from self-rooted Coury clone vines planted in 1988 in a block of red Jory volcanic soil at around 600 feet. The legendary Charles Coury introduced this mysterious clone of Pinot noir into Oregon, and the wine from these vines has a fine red character that is, in a subtle way, inimitable.“

The vines I work with there have been farmed organically for years and biodynamically (uncertified) starting a few years ago. The Hyland Coury Clone 2017 is medium to darker red, and full of moving light and transparency. It has a pure nose of the reddest of red berries (the classic Oregon summer raspberries and strawberries-I hope you have tasted these before) with a certain coolness. It is complex with a velvety frame and nimble, age-worthy acidity typical of Hyland Vineyard, and a real boon in the string of warm vintages in the Willamette Valley (back to old school). It’s a beauty, it’s long, and it seems to embody some Platonic Idea of “Red”.

Appellation: McMinnville A.V.A.
Picking Date: 7 October 2017 
Barrels:  neutral Burgundy barrels (228L) made from French forests
Bottling Date: 28 June 2018
Alcohol: 13.0 % 
Whole Cluster: 50%
Cases Produced: 448 cases

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